When it comes to preloaded fonts, Windows provides a plethora of options. You have a lot of options whether you’re using a simple text editor like Notepad or something more sophisticated like Illustrator. However, there are times when the default fonts are insufficient and we require something more. For those occasions, Windows allows users to easily install fonts on the system. So, if you want to install downloaded fonts on Windows 10 or find a new font in general, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading to find out how.
How to Install Fonts on Windows 10
Fonts can be installed in a variety of ways on Windows 10. We will go over three different approaches to this. If one doesn’t work for you, try the next.
Install Fonts Using Source File
The simplest and most direct method is to use the font’s source file. You’ve probably noticed that the file we downloaded came in a compressed ZIP folder. So, before we begin installing the font, we must first extract it. To extract and install the various fonts on Windows 10, follow the steps below.
- Select ‘Extract all’ from the right-click menu of the Zipped font file. If you’re using Winrar, select ‘Extract Files’.
- Choose where you want your font folder to be saved. I’m using my Desktop for the sake of simplicity. Depending on whether you’re using the Windows extractor or Winrar, press Extract or OK.
- The font name will now be the title of a folder on your desktop. To open it, double-click it.
- Choose Install or Install for All Users from the context menu when you right-click the font file. The latter will be installed on your computer for all user accounts.
The font installation will begin and end in a matter of seconds, and you will be finished. You can repeat the preceding steps to install all of the different fonts on Windows 10.
Install Fonts from Control Menu
If the first method does not work for you, the Control Panel is another option for installing fonts on Windows 10. To do so, follow the steps below:
- Open the Windows start menu and search for Control Panel. When the result appears, click it.
- The Control Panel will present you with a list of options. Locate and select Fonts from the list. If you’ve chosen the category option, you can get there by clicking Appearance and Personalization > Fonts.
- An entire directory of pre-loaded fonts on Windows 10 will now appear. This is where we will be adding our new font.
- Open the previously downloaded font folder and select the font you want to install. Then, simply drag and drop it from that folder into the font grid shown above.
Your selected font will be installed automatically in seconds, and you’re done.
Check the license of your new font before installing it. While many fonts are free to download, not all are free to use. Fonts, for example, may be free for personal use but not for commercial use, so double-check.